Friday 19th of January 2018

Cybercrime in Saudi Arabia: fact or fiction?

Sulaiman Al Amro

Abstract Electronic war between states is no less dangerous in its implications and challenges than traditional military war. In fact, it may be even more dangerous, targeting a nations unity, security, and stability. It may be able to provoke long-lasting discord and division with minimal effort and cost, and thus achieve the goal of multiplying the internal front cohesive spreading lies, and falsifying documents. This would cause confusion for citizens, and lead to a state of weakness and sometimes a decline in freedom of expression, as well as an increase in confrontation and fear, resulting in demands for an excuse or even an explanation of what happened. Cyber-attacks on computers and government agencies servers may occur through the installation of viruses into computers operating system. This is a psychological process par excellence; because it has a negative impact in terms of users lack of awareness of what is happening. This may raise doubts and increase fears, causing a frightening shock if an unexpected result occurs. Attempts could be made to exert pressure and to carry out political blackmail or bargaining in order to obtain further confidential information.

Keywords: Cybercrime, Saudi Arabia, External attacks, Electronic war, security.

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Sulaiman Al Amro
received his B.Sc degree in Computer Science from Qassim University, Qassim (Saudi Arabia) in 2007, M.Sc. degree in Information Technology from De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester (UK) in 2009, and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester (UK) in 2013. He is currently a working as an Assistant Professor in computer science department of Qassim University. His research interests are Network and System Security, Formal Methods and Computational Intelligence.

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